The Post observes:
It would seem to be an obvious U.S. gain in what, according to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as well as President Bush, is the urgent task of countering Iran's attempt to dominate the Middle East. It means that Iraq, a country with the world's second largest oil reserves and a strategic linchpin of the Middle East, just might emerge from the last five years of war and turmoil as an American ally, even if its relations with Iran remain warm. So it's hard to fathom why Democrats in Congress have joined Ayatollah Khamenei in denouncing the U.S.-Iraqi agreements even before they are written. …
Unnoted but implicit is the extent to which Iraq’s elected government is becoming not just a real government but one that is increasingly sophisticated, vigorous and bold in pursuit of Iraq’s national interest (which overlaps with America’s national interest).
The WaPo link is here.